HEMBECK 1980: Fred Hembeck Reviews SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE

One of my absolute favorite creators in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s and beyond was Fred Hembeck. I first encountered his work as a single-tier strip on DC's in-house promotional page, the Daily Planet. Eventually, my friend Glenn Hauman showed me one of the collections of Fred's material that were being released by … Continue reading HEMBECK 1980: Fred Hembeck Reviews SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE

THE ART OF JOHN BYRNE, Part Two

A few more excerpts from THE ART OF JOHN BYRNE, Volume One as published by Sal Quartuccio under his SQ Productions imprint. Byrne wouldn't begin working on Superman for six more years, and was thought of as a real true blue Marvel artist at the time, so this piece from the inside front cover was … Continue reading THE ART OF JOHN BYRNE, Part Two

AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, T-Z

Here's a final look at the AMAZING HEROES Preview Special for 1984, showcasing the series and storylines that were going to be making their way to a comic shop near you in the coming months. Most of these plans for the JC incarnation of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents failed to materialize. VOID INDIGO did see print, but … Continue reading AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, T-Z

THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1, Part 3

Wrapping up our coverage of the first issue of DC's in-house comic book fanzine, THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS. The series ran for 17 issues, as well as a few special releases both immediately before and during its run. It remains a treasure trove of information and artifacts about the National Periodical Publications of … Continue reading THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1, Part 3

AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, N-T

Once again, another look at more of the 1984 Preview issue of AMAZING HEROES, the long-running fanzine from Fantagraphics. There's a bunch of stuff talked about in the write-up of the twin NEW TEEN TITANS titles that didn't quite come to pass in this manner, largely because George Perez left the title to take on … Continue reading AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, N-T

THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1, Part 2

Continuing on with our look at the first issue of DC/National Periodical Publications' in0house fanzine, THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS. An introduction to the DC interns known as the "woodchucks" as well as the men who supervised them. Most of these individuals went on to have prominent careers in the field, notably Paul Levitz. … Continue reading THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1, Part 2

AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, F-N

As in previous editions, this is a further look at more of the 1984 AMAZING HEROES issue devoted to previewing all of the comic books slated to come out that year. THE GUARDIAN did see print, but in a markedly different form than what is described here. We covered it earlier: https://tombrevoort.com/2022/01/29/brand-echh-the-guardian-1/ Each edition of … Continue reading AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, F-N

THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1

Like FOOM over at Marvel, THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS was an in-house fan magazine produced by DC/National Periodical Publications throughout much of the 1970s and made available by direct mail order only. It was an irregular publication, put together initially largely by interns (nicknamed "woodchucks") at the company; interns who would almost to … Continue reading THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS #1

AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, C-F

The same thing as last time, this is a continuation of our tour through the very first AMAZING HEROES Preview Special covering comic books that were meant to be coming out in 1984. CAPTAIN AMERICA #300 ran into editorial difficulties and wound up being broken into two regular-sized issues, so not everything (not that there's … Continue reading AMAZING HEROES #39 1984 PREVIEW SPECIAL, C-F